Announcements 11/27/2019

THIS SUNDAY, December 1: Congregational Life Coordinator will present “Living into the E-Word.” What are our principles calling us to as Unitarian Universalists? What do we do when our instincts tell us to do one thing, but our principles call us to a different path? Together, we’ll take a deep dive into one of our principles and ask the difficult questions about our principles and values.

8:30am  Sunday Breakfast (Rooms A/B)

9:00am/11:00am  Worship Celebration (Sanctuary)

10:10am  Middle Hour:
– Creative Expressions (Room B, near the kitchen): self-guided experience with crafts, drawing, writing…
– Tabletop Conversations (Beach Hall, near the windows): intentional conversations on an evolving set of topics
– Learning Lab (Library) Postcard Writing Session. Does rage boil in you about guns, bullies, crumbling bridges, income inequality, low voter turnout, racial profiling, the border wall, ICE or something else? Speak out. We’ll have postcards, stamps, pens and addresses. Host: Ohma Willette.

10:20am Peace Pals
(Room 402)

6:30pm Millennial Covenant Group
(Room 302)

A Pastoral Team member will be near the Caring Table in Beach Hall after each service as a compassionate listener or to arrange a hospital/home visit.

If you’d like to schedule a meeting with a minister
, Amber Scott, or Kelli McNeal, contact them directly, or a Pastoral Team member can assist you.

Are you visiting with us and would you like to know more about the congregation?
Please stop by the Welcome Table in Beach Hall after the service for information about Unitarian Universalism and First UU.

SUNDAY, December 8:  Rev. Eric Meter will present “One Step, Smile, Candle at a Time.”  As nights are at their longest, we don’t look only to candles to light our spirits, we look to the compasson of others as well. One step and smile at a time.

The church office will be closed on Friday, November 29.

TOMORROW, NOVEMBER 28, THANKSGIVING DAY: Thanksgiving Dinner (should have already RSVP’d). 2pm, Beach Hall
We meet again to share our blessings and the joy of community. Returning by popular demand is our Gratitude Tree and Talent Show. We need two volunteers to bring a turkey, which can be prepared at the church. We also need volunteers for setup and clean up. We ask for a $5 donation for dinner. We will eat promptly at 2pm.

THIS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 30:  All Soles Contra and Square Dance   Saturday, November 30. Round out your Holiday weekend with potluck, community, and dance! Live music, all dances will be taught, no partner needed. Beginners welcome! Potluck at 6pm; beginners’ session at 7:30pm, dancing at 8pm.  Free childcare. $8/ adults; $4/ages 12-25; and free/under 12.

ALSO THIS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 30: Roller Derby!   Rainbow Connexion and guests will meet in the church parking lot at 5:05pm to carpool at 5:15pm to “Skatemare Before Christmas” at the Lausche Building at the Ohio Expo Center. Order tickets online at


For further information on any of these events, please contact the church office at 614-267-4946 ext. 21 or

Sorrow at this Season Service   Wednesday, December 4, 7pm, in the Sanctuary. If facing the upcoming holiday season causes distress for you because of sadness, grief, or fear, First UU invites you to attend the sixth annual Sorrow at this Season service. For some of us, the idealized holiday season only seeks to reinforce the heartache, loneliness, and isolation we may feel, and attempting to “put on a happy face” only serves to distance us from ourselves. Please join us as we acknowledge our difficulties while creating a sense of welcome, trust, and understanding in what can be a very painful time of the year. Rev. Kathleen Fowler, 614-264-8364,

First UU Senior Gathering   Thursday, December 5, 11am.
10:45 Come to enjoy Karen Thimmes’ piano music
11:00 Rev. Marian and Rev. Eric will welcome those in attendance. Program: “The Roads I’ve Lived on in My UU Life: A Show and Tell Story” Rev. Alison Wohler, First UU member and Minister Emerita, UU Society of Amherst, Massachusetts
12:00 Lunch in Beach Hall
Please make your reservation by Sunday, December 1, at or 614-267-4946, ext. 210.

Feed My Sheep food pantry   We are collecting for a Christmas ham drive, and asking for toys (under $10 each) for children, unwrapped. Please bring these on Sunday mornings, by December 22. Also, lists of children to sponsor for Christmas are ready to pick up. Jacques Angelino

Holiday Fair   Sunday, December 8, after both services, Beach Hall.

  • Cookie Fair: Bake 2–4 dozen of your favorite holiday treat to donate to the Cookie Fair. Please bring them between 3 and 5pm on Saturday, if possible. Otherwise, bring them to church on Sunday before 10am. Then, visit the Cookie Fair tables to mix-and-match to fulfill all of your holiday needs. Proceeds support the Holiday Appeal. Cookie Monsters (aka Cookie Managers): Donna Greenman, Donna Adassa, Marylou MacDonald.
  • Coming of Age (CoA) Project Fundraiser: Money raised will be used to fill food boxes to be given to Columbus families who live in a food desert. Each food box costs $20.
  • Bookstore and Fair Trade: Complete your holiday shopping with books and environmentally friendly items, including coffee and chocolate.

4th Annual Interfaith Prayer Gathering & Potluck    Sunday, December 8, 4:30-7:30pm. Peace Lutheran Church, 455 Clark State Rd, Gahanna. Join us as we look at our planet from the perspective of nine different faiths. Bring a dish to share. RSVP to Karen Dawson

This year’s December potluck for the Care and Share Time Bank (CSTB) will be a variety show, on December 15, 7pm, at First UU. Members are invited to tell a story, recite a poem, sing a song, or share a holiday centerpiece or some art work. Alice Faryna, Vilvi Vannak, Michael Greenman

Holiday Concert of the Choirs  Sunday, December 15, 2019, 10am. (On December 15, we’ll have only one service, at 10am.) This will be a music filled service featuring Peace Pals,
Rising Voices, Spirit of Life, and Chalice choirs.

The Labyrinth at First UU    In the Sanctuary.

  • Thursday – Monday, December 26-30: 3-7pm
  • Tuesday, December 31: 7pm-midnight
  • Wednesday, January 1: 10am-3pm

Volunteers are needed! Sign up here to host or help with labyrinth set up/takedown. Musicians are invited to perform contemplative music to provide a meditative environment for labyrinth walkers; sign up here to provide music. Cath Saveson

UU Art    Enjoy the Art Quilt Alliance display “Breaking with Tradition: Altered Quilt Blocks and Mandalas,” through December 29 in the Sanctuary and Lobby. First UU quilters are Marty Cicchinelli,
Nancy McDonald, Laurel Richardson, and Deb Baillieul.

The Long, Strange, Trip: Our UU History, Parts IV, V and VI    Wednesdays, January 8, 15, and 22, 7:30pm, Room A/B. Led by Dana Reynolds, retired UU minister. This is a great way to learn about our UU development throughout the centuries. It’s ideal for those new to UUism, but promises new surprises for longtime UUs. Dana Reynolds

First UU Auction: Come Fly with Me!   Saturday, February 22. On January 5 and February 9, we will have Auction 101 sessions during Middle Hour to share auction information and answer questions. To really take off, we’ll need many donations to zoom in and take the bidding sky high! The auction website is and you can enter items any time. If you are interested in helping with the auction in any way, please contact Cathy O’Neil, auction chair.

First UU Rummage Sale   Saturday, May 2, 2020. Save the date (and your stuff)! We will also need volunteers. Please contact Seth Kraut (614-477-0099, or Rachel Kraut (614-774-2362). We need household items (kitchen decor, small appliances, baskets, lamps), jewelry and accessories, working toys/games/puzzles, garden, travel, and camping items. More information will follow.

Monday, December 2

3:00pm Women’s Creative Circle
7:00pm Monday Men’s Spirituality

Tuesday, December 3
9:30am Archives Team
6:30pm Nominating Committee; Rising Voices Choir Rehearsal
7:00pm Caring Team; Spirit of Life Choir Rehearsal; Zen Meditation
7:30pm Worship Team

Wednesday, December 4
6:00pm Francophones Bavard(e)s; Sacred Song Circle
7:00pm JAM Democracy & Human Rights Focus Area; Sorrow at this Season Service

Thursday, December 5
9:30am Improvisational Dance
10:45am Senior Gathering
7:30pm Chalice Choir Rehearsal

Friday, December 6
11:00am Nia Class
12:00pm Cooking for Faith Mission
6:30pm First Friday Dinner
7:30pm Kehilat Sukkat Shalom Kabbalat Shabbat

Saturday, December 7
8:30am Zen Meditation
10:00am SPAN (Single Payer Action Network)
10:45am Hispanohablantes
3:30pm Drum Circle

Sunday, December 8
8:30am Breakfast
9:00am/11:00am Worship Celebrations followed by Cookie Fair, Coming of Age Holiday Sale, and Fair Trade Sale
10:10am Middle Hour
10:20am Peace Pals Choir Rehearsal
12:30pm Nominating Committee